Plant & Works Engineering
Tube life extended
Published:  26 February, 2015

sandvik.jpgA Caribbean producer of furfural, an organic compound derived from agricultural byproducts, reports it has replaced the existing tube in its heat exchangers with hyper-duplex stainless steel by SANDVIK MATERIALS TECHNOLOGY, and as a result says its tube lifecycles have extended from two to 15 years, with a profound impact on material costs.

The plant was experiencing problems with the lifecycles of existing standard stainless steel tube in several of its heat exchangers, used to process untreated seawater as the cooling media.

In some cases the existing tube needed replacing after just two years. A new material was therefore required that would better withstand exposure to seawater with sewage load.

The plant gradually upgraded the quality of its tube and, in 2008, Sandvik SAF 2707 HD tubes were installed in two overhead heat exchangers.

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